Getting around Darwin

Public transport

Buslink (tel: +61 8 8944 2444; and Darwinbus (tel: +61 8 8924 7666; run the local buses. The city terminal is located on Harry Chan Avenue (near Bennett Street end of the Smith Street Mall). The suburban Casuarina terminal is in Bradshaw Terrace, and the suburban Palmerston terminal is on the edge of the Palmerston Shopping Centre.

Single and daily paper tickets are available from the driver, or you can load up a Tap and Ride card with a single ride, one-day pass, 10 trips or a weekly pass. Tap and Ride cards are available at bus interchanges (cash or credit card) or onboard the bus (correct change only).


The main taxi company is Darwin Radio Taxis (tel: +61 8 8985 0708), or try Blue Taxi Company (tel: +61 8 1313 8294). Passengers usually round up the bill to the nearest dollar.


Driving is the best way to see Darwin as many of the sights are spread out. Parking is easy and traffic doesn't tend to get snarled up. Parking meters in the CBD take coins only, but several city-run off-street car parks accept credit cards.

Car hire

Car hire companies include Avis (tel: +61 8 8936 0600;, Budget (tel: +61 8 8981 9800;, Thrifty (+61 8 8924 0000; and Hertz (tel: +61 8 8941 0944; Cedrent (+61 8 8268 1025; have four-wheel drive vehicles for hire.

Bicycle hire

It's fairly easy to travel by bicycle in Darwin, and many hotels and hostels offer bicycles for rent. Darwin Scooter Hire at 9 Daly Street (tel: +61 8 8941 2434; rents out scooters and mountain bikes.

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